...as you can tell in the photo, the boat's already head to wind by the time I'm coming in off the wire.
Just make sure to make it to the other side in time - did that once and caught the trap hook on the shroud, which jerked the sheet into the cleat. Results are self-explainatory:
(yes, I know, uncleat the traveller)
I've never had an issue tacking the 17 in chop or heavy winds - just be sure to let out the main a LOT (more than you think is needed) when you come head to wind, and sheet in slowly to build speed so you dont stall out the rudders and weathervane. The trick isn't getting the 17 to come around, it's getting it to stay there...
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